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How to make your own potting soil

Feb 17, 2012
Soil straight from your backyard just won’t do the job.

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Rebuild garden soil with application of lime, gypsum

Feb 19, 2003
If home garden production seemed a bit off this year, your garden soil may need help. Rebuild it with an application of lime or gypsum. Liming garden soils west of the Cascades helps the soil in many ways, said Jan McNeilan, Oregon State University Extension Service consumer horticulture agent. Adding lime neutralizes soil acidity; supplies calcium and magnesium; promotes root ...

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There's no break for people who garden in clay

Feb 28, 2003
Clay soils are one of the biggest challenges to the home gardener

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Coir is sustainable alternative to peat moss in the garden

Jun 2, 2006
Coconut dust is a sustainable alternative to peat moss in the garden.

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Sweep wood ash from fireplace to garden

Mar 16, 2018
Wood ash has 13 essential minerals that plants need, but don't overdo it.

By Kym Pokorny | News Story

Add organic matter to improve garden soils

Feb 27, 2009
Adding organic matter is the best way to improve nearly all kinds of soils.

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Is charcoal a good soil amendment?

Jan 2018
Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

By Chip Bubl | Featured Question

Are ashes good for my soil?

Jan 2018
Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

By Linda Brewer | Featured Question

Salty solution? Is beach sand useful for my soil or landscaping?

Nov 2014
I'd like to mix more sand into my soil to help break up the clay. If I collect sand from an ocean beach, should I be worried about too much salt in the sand and it impacting my soil? If I were to use the beach sand for another project like a base for setting paving stones, would I be introducing a large amount of sodium?

By Brooke Edmunds | Featured Question

Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

Apr 2018
Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure, and even the ability for plant roots to penetrate through the soil.

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